Last night was the final show for Temple@The London Olympics. Words cannot describe the feelings I, myself, and I am sure my fellow participants, are experiencing. After we had the official “OK” from Philadelphia that we were clear, we all huddled together and smiled and hugged. It was the ultimate feeling of success mixed with a pinch of sadness for the work would now be over. The entire time I have been in London, I anticipated time would pass by quickly; it did and it didn’t. From the Big Bus Tour to the James Bond Exhibit, from The Dark Knight Rises to our Olympic Walk, there are an endless number of memories I will cherish for the rest of my life.
I have learned many things in my journalism classes at Temple University, but one of my favorite pieces of advice is that people may not always remember what is said, but they will remember how the story made them feel. In the beginning of this trip, Professor Mooney gave me some guidance which I believe correlates with that advice: “You must focus on living in the moment; live in the here and now.” For someone who plans their day out by the hour, that really stuck with me.
Sometimes I find myself trying to hold on to each moment so that I don’t forget it, but memories do fade. My best and most cherished memories I will take with me from this program will be the laughter. All of us just “clicked” as a group (including Professor Mooney, of course!), and whether it was over family dinner or just walking around London, there was always laughter and smiles.As we took apart Studio 8, which had become a “home base” to us, all of the memories rushed over me; it almost seemed surreal, dream-like. The last item we took down was the backdrop. After each member of the London team signed it (in pink, it was all I had!) and I wrote “Original Cast, July 23 – August 13, 2012”, I truly felt like we left our mark. My final thoughts: I am proud. I am proud to be a part of this team and to have worked with the best people in the television news industry. For a final time I will say, “Live from London, I’m Isabel Garcia.”